Schools should ditch books: New York mayor hopeful

Jan 16, 2013

New York students would ditch textbooks and be issued tablets under a proposal by a leading candidate for mayor.

Christine Quinn, the current city council speaker and a favorite to replace her ally Mayor in November, said the technological upgrade would open "limitless" possibilities.

"Thanks to the Internet, teachers in any given subject can share lessons and materials with colleagues around the world. They can organize those lessons into online textbooks, which their students can read on tablets in school and at home," she said in a speech Tuesday.

"So a teacher in the Bronx can pull together the most relevant information for his class, and update it throughout the year to stay current. He can incorporate videos and assignments that better engage kids living in a digital world."

According to Quinn, who is vying to be the Big Apple's first woman and lesbian mayor, the project would pay for itself.

"We currently spend more than a $100 million a year on . That's enough money to buy tablets for every student in public schools, and cover staff costs," she said.

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Noumenon
2.5 / 5 (12) Jan 16, 2013
Better yet, put the entire k-12 curriculum on the internet, and get rid of the failing fiscal monstrosity that is public school. Just have private companies certify standards. It's 2013.
Doug_Huffman
3.9 / 5 (7) Jan 16, 2013
http://futureofth...nd-nookd

In 2009, Amazon staff panicked when they came to believe that they'd allowed copies of George Orwell's classic 1984 to be sold through the Kindle store without properly clearing copyright permissions. They reacted by eliminating copies of 1984 not only from the Kindle Store, but from the Kindles of individual purchasers. [ ... ] The Nook version of War and Peace had changed every instance of "kindle" or "kindled" into "Nook" and "Nookd," not just on Philip's copy, but on ours too.

FrankHerbert
2 / 5 (12) Jan 16, 2013
Better yet, put the entire k-12 curriculum on the internet, and get rid of the failing fiscal monstrosity that is public school. Just have private companies certify standards. It's 2013.


Right, because that's why the US does poorly compared to other developed nations. You can keep your christian madrassas out of my country.
Noumenon
3.4 / 5 (10) Jan 16, 2013
Better yet, put the entire k-12 curriculum on the internet, and get rid of the failing fiscal monstrosity that is public school. Just have private companies certify standards. It's 2013.


Right, because that's why the US does poorly compared to other developed nations. You can keep your christian madrassas out of my country.


I'm not a christian. Religion has no place in public schools, nor a state certified internet curriculum.
Doug_Huffman
3.3 / 5 (7) Jan 16, 2013
Argumentum ad populum is also known as "appeal to belief," and is an informally fallacious logic. You conspirators in ignorance only masquerade as common sensical, as does Obama Oedipus Rex.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1.5 / 5 (8) Jan 16, 2013
Better yet, put the entire k-12 curriculum on the internet
Its still nice to get out and interact...

"a planned new library in San Antonio...In keeping with technological advances, the county will house a library of neatly arranged LCD screens and gadgets instead of the traditional banquet of dog-eared print and paper books. The public library will be one of the first digital-only libraries of its kind.

"With 50 computer terminals and a stock of laptops and tablets on-site, the building will also offer an array of preloaded e-readers available for the card-carrying customer to take home."
I'm not a christian. Religion has no place in public schools, nor a state certified internet curriculum.
This should rightly include the pseudoreligion known as philosophy which has its own saints and a metarealm where all worthy intellects go when the host dies.
FrankHerbert
1.4 / 5 (9) Jan 16, 2013
How is it that everytime Doug_Huffman makes a comment here it manages to seem highly creepy and inappropriate?
dirk_bruere
4.5 / 5 (2) Jan 16, 2013
Paper textbook are far easier to use than a tablet
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (2) Jan 17, 2013
Religion has no place in public schools, nor a state certified internet curriculum.

You mean a STATE curriculum has no place in STATE schools?

ts still nice to get out and interact...

Definitely. Schools teach more than mere facts. (Most of what you learn in school you won't ever need. But it's the place where you go to learn to be a human being in a society of people larger than your family)
packrat
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 17, 2013
Pads are an OK thing for college but I can't honestly see them working in 1-12 grades. I have 6 grandchildren of which all but two of them are in grade school. I've seen what they can do to pads in a very short time. Many parents won't be able to afford to keep replacing these things as fast as the kids tear them up or lose them etc..... There is no way the school systems can afford it either. The new excuse for not doing class and homework will be "my pad quit working or someone stole it" They are also difficult to use when you need to flip back and forth between pages to do an assignment.